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Second bid protest of WIPP contract rejected by GAO
The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday rejected a challenge by a Westinghouse-led group to the Department of Energy’s July award of a potentially $3 billion management contract to manage the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. In a statement, the Government Accountability Office said it has denied the bid protest filed by Carlsbad Operations Alliance, LLC, of Hopkins, S.C. Details of the office’s decisions about bid protests usually lag the decision announcement by a few days. Carlsbad challenged the July award of a contract to the Bechtel National-helmed Tularosa Basin Range Services, LLC, of Reston, Va., by DOE for the disposal of nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot…
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PE firm scoops up another DOE small-biz contractor
Department of Energy small business contractor Boston Government Services, Oak Ridge, Tenn., was acquired in October by a private equity fund, according to someone familiar with the deal. Bernhard Capital Partners, Baton Rouge, La., was the buyer for Boston Government…
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Blue, red incumbents win near Hanford; GOP newcomer wins Ohio Senate seat; WIPP seat flips
In congressional races in Washington state, incumbents who help control the purse strings for the Hanford Site, the Department of Energy’s largest and most expensive nuclear cleanup property, won re-election. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), whose 4th congressional district includes Hanford…
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Court appears skeptical of enviros’ arguments against Texas interim storage site
WASHINGTON — Lawyers representing a coalition of anti-nuclear groups’ seeking to block a proposed commercial interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel faced sharp questioning from a three-judge federal appeals court panel here Thursday.  Thursday’s oral argument session in the…
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The more things change: congressional representation for NNSA sites stable in midterms
In federal elections, stability often prevails in the mostly rural areas that are home to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s major labs, plants and sites. The 2022 midterm elections this week largely continued the trend, with all of one new…
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